More than 200 volunteers are expected to flock to the Burbank Water and Power campus in the coming days to lay 12,000 roses on the city’s 45-foot-long, volunteer-built float for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.
Keeping in line with this year’s theme — “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” — Burbank will take parade-goers on a “deep-sea adventure.”
Steven Edward — the vice president of the Burbank Rose Float Assn. who’s been involved in creating the city’s float since 1990 — said he loves the annual challenge and the lifelong friends he makes along the way.
“Every year is fresh,” Edward said. “We get together [and say], ‘How are we going to take this black-and-white drawing and make it into this 3-D vehicle?’”
This year’s float features a young girl piloting a submarine that’s being pulled by three seahorses.
“It’s going to come to life,” Edward said, adding that the float will feature a puffer fish “that actually puffs,” an octopus tour guide and a sea turtle.